Dawne Cramer Memorial 


Dawne M. Cramer served as a “Parkee” in the summer during her college years; she knew this work was “her calling.” Shortly after graduating from UW-La Crosse, she continued her career journey with the Green Bay Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department.  Dawne was initially hired as a Recreation Program Supervisor, and was quickly promoted to Superintendent before being appointed by Mayor Jim Schmidt as the Director of the Green Bay Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department. She proudly and passionately served the Greater Green Bay Community for over 40 years, touching the lives of countless individuals, especially children, leaving behind an enduring legacy. Dawne left her position only upon her death, after her nearly four-year fight with cancer.


Applicant must be a graduating senior or a past graduate of a Green Bay high school. Applicant must have a cumulative grade point average of a 2.7 or higher. Applicant must also be planning on, or currently attending, an accredited two or four-year college or university. Applicant must have two seasons or more of employment as a Green Bay Parks Department Parkee, Lifeguard, or Bay Beach employee.

Award Criteria

Scholarships are awarded based on the evaluation of short answer questions and letter of recommendation from a Parks Department supervisor. Need-based scholarship also considers financial need.


Typically $1,250


March 15


It is Community Foundation policy that all portions of the scholarship process be completed by the student applicant. If we learn that any part of the process is not completed by or the work of the student, the application may be removed from consideration or an awarded scholarship revoked.

Application Procedure

  • The application process will take 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete. The system times out so SAVE your work often!
  • You’ll need your most recent high school transcript saved as a PDF for easy uploading.

To Apply